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Doping bans served on two female athletes

Two international athletes fail doping tests this week as the world waits to hear how WADA plans to deal with Russia

Lucy Wangui Kabuu of Kenya, 34, winner of the 2018 Milan Marathon and the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m, has tested positive for morphine and been handed a two-year suspension through July 2020. Kabuu’s Milan victory from April 2018 will be rescinded, as will all her results between April and August 2018. Meanwhile, four-time Asian Games champion and 2016 world indoor 400m champ Kemi Adekoya, originally from Nigeria and now competing for Bahrain, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol back in November and has been provisionally suspended.

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Adekoya won gold in both the 400m hurdles and the 4×400 mixed relay at last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta. She competed in the 400m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Stanozolol is the steroid disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was accused of having used when he won the 100m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. (Johnson was stripped of his medal. He claims he was using a different steroid, and evidence emerged recently that his sample may have been tampered with.)

Kubuu won the Dubai Marathon in 2012. She competed in the 10,000m at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both times finishing in the top 10. 

Meanwhile, the world must wait til January 22 to find out what action WADA’s executive committee will take regarding the December 31, 2018 deadline that Russia missed in making available lab data pertaining to possible state-sponsored doping. Critics have argued for a renewed ban on Russian athletes following the missed deadline, in spite of Russia having now allowed WADA officials entry into the Moscow Laboratory to retrieve the data.

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